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Ken Dodd gets degree from Liverpool Hope University

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd said it was wonderful to receive the honorary degree

Veteran Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd has picked up an honorary degree for his contribution to cultural life in the city over the past 50 years.

He received his Doctorate of Letters during Liverpool Hope University's annual Foundation Day Celebrations on Monday.

The honour was also in recognition of the 82-year-old's charity work and strong Christian faith.

A bronze statue of Dodd was unveiled at the city's Lime Street station in 2009.

He received the honorary doctorate during a ceremony at the recently reopened Hope Chapel at the Hope Park campus.

At Knotty Ash University we're more concerned tickleologoy and giggleology...
Ken Dodd

He said: "It's wonderful, exciting, thrilling. Well, it means I'm Dr Dodd - I think I can do prescriptions. I'm a doctor of letters, which means I could get a job at the post office.

"It's a recognition of your showbiz work and perhaps some of the charity work on Merseyside - it's lovely to be appreciated."

Asked whether the university had any affiliation with his native Knotty Ash, the comedian replied: "Hope is something we specialise in in Knotty Ash - we hope for this and we hope for that.

"At Knotty Ash University we're more concerned with tickleologoy and giggleology and the art of laughter and humour. But that goes along with hope as well."

Dodd has been in showbusiness for more than 50 years and is best known for his frizzy hair, tickling stick and his creation of the Diddymen.

He got his big break appearing at the Nottingham Empire and in 1964 began his singing career.

His number one hit Tears topped the UK charts for five weeks.

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